Putz, Guenther Earn Wisconsin 4-H Key Award

Brooke Putz, daughter of Teri and Brian Putz of Fountain City, and Morgan Gunther, daughter of Amy and Keith Guenther of Gilmanton were selected as the Buffalo County, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winners for 2021. The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest awards a 4-H member can receive, honors only a select group of 4-H participants across the state annually.  The youth receiving this award are ones who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their club and their community.

Brooke Putz is a member of the Golden Hornets 4-H club and will graduate in May from Cochrane-Fountain City High School. She was selected for a Key Award for her outstanding accomplishments in leadership with 4-H cloverbuds and junior members. She is an active role model for younger members in her 4-H club and has served as an officer on the club and the county levels. She has also served as a 4-H Camp Kinnissippewa counselor, both in-person and virtually, and is a member of the Wisconsin 4-H Drama Company. Brooke is also engaged in many other youth development initiatives in Buffalo County at school and throughout her community.


Morgan Guenther is a 4-H youth leader in the Lookout Legends 4-H club. In addition to serving her 4-H community club, Morgan has served as the President of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association and as a mentor for many families in the 4-H arts project. She represents Buffalo County on the state 4-H Arts Team and is committed to service-learning as she integrates her 4-H learning experiences into her multiple roles in her school, community and throughout Buffalo County. Guenther will graduate from Gilmanton School District in May.

Annie Lisowski, 4-H Youth Development Educator, on behalf of the Buffalo County 4-H Leaders Association, presented Brooke Putz and Morgan Guenther with the award on January 17, 2021 at the virtual 4-H Leaders Association meeting.

Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Rural Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor the Wisconsin Key Award program.  They have sponsored these awards for over 25 years, helping 4-H to honor some of Wisconsin’s finest youth.

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